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Thinking CAP is a weekly podcast featuring the nation’s top progressive leaders and influencers. The show covers the major issues at the intersection of activism, race, policy, and politics. Hosted by Daniella Gibbs Léger and Ed Chung.

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Thinking CAP is a weekly podcast featuring the nation’s top progressive leaders and influencers. The show covers the major issues at the intersection of activism, race, policy, and politics. Hosted by Daniella Gibbs Léger and Ed Chung.

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By Kalya K. - Apr 23 2018
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Sorry. I sent comments to wrong podcast. I love you!!! 😊

Great podcast

By Sara4 - Oct 05 2017
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Love the two hosts, their topics and their interview subjects.

iTunes Ratings

111 Ratings
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96
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0
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7

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By Kalya K. - Apr 23 2018
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Sorry. I sent comments to wrong podcast. I love you!!! 😊

Great podcast

By Sara4 - Oct 05 2017
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Love the two hosts, their topics and their interview subjects.
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Thinking CAP

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Thinking CAP is a weekly podcast featuring the nation’s top progressive leaders and influencers. The show covers the major issues at the intersection of activism, race, policy, and politics. Hosted by Daniella Gibbs Léger and Ed Chung.

Rank #1: Hasan Minhaj's Rules For Jokes in the Trump Era

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Hasan Minhaj--a senior correspondent for "The Daily Show,"--who released his first Netflix special “Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King,” in May joins the pod. Minhaj opens up about his reluctance to share his family's immigration story, why he thinks comedian Kathy Griffin went too far and whether he would consider a career in politics.
Sep 28 2017
23 mins
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Rank #2: In 2016, White Evangelicals Acted More White Than Evangelical

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Best-selling author, Reza Aslan joins Michele Igor to discuss his new book, "God: A Human History." Aslan shares a dire warning about what he believes is a cult-like religious fervor among Trump supporters, and tells us why he's not surprised Trumpism failed in VA and NJ in Tuesday's elections. Then he shares the three reasons he believes white evangelicals votes for Donald Trump(clue: his whiteness and richness are both factors.)
Nov 09 2017
30 mins
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Rank #3: Jon Lovett and the ‘Dumbest Criminals’ in the Trump Orbit

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When Jon Lovett left his gig as speechwriter to former President Barack Obama to write for television in Hollywood, he wasn’t entirely sure a career in politics was in his immediate professional future. But clearly, Lovett has found his way back into politics: Crooked, the media company he co-founded with a few White House colleagues, has taken off beyond any of its founders’ expectations. Does he regret it? Hardly. With a full slate of podcasts and projects under the Crooked banner, Lovett joined Daniella and Ed to meditate on the malevolence (or is it incompetence?) of the Trump administration, Jeff Bezos’ stand against blackmail, and the ongoing political crisis in Virginia.

*Editor's note: this episode contains explicit language.
Feb 14 2019
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Rank #4: 'There's Something About Her I Just Don't Like'

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Jennifer Palmieri, former communications director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign; former White House communications director for President Barack Obama; president of the Center for American Progress Action Fund and executive vice president for Communications and Advocacy at the Center for American Progress; and author of the No. 1 New York Times best-seller 'Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World', joins Michele and Igor to discuss the battle to elect the first female president. Palmieri outlines what is still ahead for women in the workplace and in politics to confront. She shares how President Trump has changed the political theater, especially in political communications, and what that will mean for candidates running in 2020.

Like the show? Follow us on Twitter @thinkingcappod. Get in touch with us at thinkingcap@americanprogress.org & find other episodes at www.americanprogress.org/projects/thinking-cap-podcast
Apr 19 2018
40 mins
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Rank #5: 5 Years After Sandy Hook, Gun Massacres Are on the Rise

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Five years after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, there’s still no sign of comprehensive gun safety legislation out of Congress. With President Donald Trump in office, backed by $30 million of NRA funding, legislative solutions look more and more unlikely. On this episode, Sarah Clements shares her deeply personal experience of the shooting at Sandy Hook, waiting for news about her mother’s fate, and how it propelled her to advocate for gun violence prevention. Then, Michele and Igor speak with Chelsea Parsons, vice president of Guns and Crime Policy at the Center for American Progress about the continued fight for solutions to this issue, the NRA’s playbook, and how gun violence prevention groups can effectively engage with communities of color.
Dec 21 2017
27 mins
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Rank #6: Social Media is Designed to Sell You to Advertisers

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Baratunde Thurston, comedian and author of New York Times Bestseller “How to Be Black” joins Michele and Igor to chat race in Trump's America and how social media is forcing us all to sell our identities to advertisers....and Michele shares why she is not on Facebook.
Sep 14 2017
26 mins
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Rank #7: Not the Postracial Society We Thought It Would Be

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Michele and Igor are joined by Kenneth B. Morris Jr.—the great-great-great-grandson of Frederick Douglass; the great-great-grandson of Booker T. Washington and the co-founder and president of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives—to discuss the bicentennial of Douglass' birth, his legacy as a radical abolitionist and civil rights leader and what young activists can learn from him today. Morris also speaks to President Donald Trump’s ignition of racial tensions in the last year, shares what he believes American classrooms are getting wrong in their teaching of slavery, and why Trump’s reaction to Colin Kaepernick mirrors the backlash Frederick Douglass received for his protest 200 years ago.
Feb 22 2018
33 mins
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Rank #8: Ending the War on Marijuana with Sen. Cory Booker and Weldon Angelos (LIVE from Washington D.C.)

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Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Weldon Angelos join Michele and Igor LIVE from Washington D.C. to discuss decriminalizing marijuana. Booker discusses his efforts in Congress to reform outdated federal marijuana policies that predominantly affect people of color, the drastic need for real sentencing reform, and the role activists must play to get this work done. Angelos shares his own experience with harsh marijuana laws—sentenced to 55 years for a first time offense. Booker also shares his initial thoughts on Justice Kennedy’s retirement from the Supreme Court.

For more like this, check out Senator Cory Booker’s podcast “Lift Every Voice”: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/lift-every-voice/id1334991206?mt=2
and follow @SmartonCrimeUS on twitter
Jun 28 2018
34 mins
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Rank #9: Why I'm Still Suing the President

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey sits down with Michele and Igor to discuss the renewed debate on guns following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. She shares how her state's strict gun laws have helped make Massachusetts safer and could be a good framework for the nation; her disappointment after Trump rescinded an invitation to meet with her and other state AGs; and how she is fighting back against what she believes are unconstitutional measures from the White House. Over the last year, Healey has sued the Trump Administration more times than she can count—over the president's executive orders on immigration, his repeal of the Clean Power Plan, and the Department of Education's failure to discharge student loans for students who attended predatory for-profit institutions.
Mar 01 2018
29 mins
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Rank #10: Your Internet Access Is At Risk

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released a plan to repeal net neutrality, the law that protects open internet access by stopping companies from charging more and blocking certain websites from their consumers. Michele and Igor sit down with FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, one of the five people who will be deciding the fate of net neutrality, to break down the importance of open internet access.

Also make sure to listen to the end for a new segment from Michele and Igor!
Nov 30 2017
23 mins
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Rank #11: BONUS EPISODE: Confronting the Racist Past of National Geographic

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One of the nation’s oldest magazines is finally facing its racist history. National Geographic Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg joins Igor and guest host Danyelle Solomon, CAP’s senior director of Progress 2050, to discuss the publication’s April issue dedicated to race. Goldberg offers an apology for how the magazine portrayed people of color in the past, addresses the controversy around the current issue’s cover, and talks about steps she’s taking to make sure the magazine includes diverse voices going forward.

Like the show? Follow us on Twitter @thinkingcappod. Get in touch with us at thinkingcap@americanprogress.org & find other episodes at www.americanprogress.org/projects/thinking-cap-podcast
Apr 24 2018
24 mins
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Rank #12: Ben Rhodes on the End of American Leadership in the World

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Ben Rhodes, former deputy national security adviser for President Obama and author of “The World As It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House,” joins Michele Jawando and Mike Fuchs to reflect on his years as a top adviser to the president. Rhodes reacts to the backlash over family separations at the border and responds to claims that the Obama administration had a similar policy. He also reveals the self-doubt President Obama felt after Trump's election and why Obama worried his presidency was 10 or 20 years too early. Finally, Rhodes shares the story of how he nearly derailed then candidate Obama's presidential campaign back in 2008.
Jun 21 2018
32 mins
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Rank #13: We Will Not Cower, Jeff Sessions

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This morning in Sacramento, California, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration will sue the state of California over their so-called sanctuary state laws. Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg—after missing his flight out of Washington, D.C., in hopes of joining protesters at Sessions’ announcement—shares his initial reaction to the lawsuit with Michele and Igor. He discusses what his city and California will do to fight back, why this attack from the U.S. Department of Justice will only hinder public safety in his city, and how this Trump policy is rooted in racism. Mayor Steinberg also discusses recent initiatives in his city to conquer mental health issues and the stigma that surround them.
Mar 07 2018
22 mins
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Rank #14: BONUS EPISODE: Russian Athletes Aren’t the Only Ones Doping

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The Pyeongchang 2018’s Winter Olympic Games are upon us. Michele and Igor go behind the scenes with Huffington Post reporter Travis Waldron to discuss the economic, environmental, and political impacts of the Olympics; the $109 million stadium that will be used for four events before being torn down, the likelihood that Korea’s unified team will bring lasting resolution to geopolitics of the Korean peninsula, and why the Olympic ban on Russia for doping is just a public relations tactic from the International Olympic Committee.
Feb 13 2018
26 mins
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Rank #15: BONUS EPISODE: Jeffrey Toobin on Brett Kavanaugh’s #MeToo Moment

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CNN’s Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin joins Daniella and Ed to discuss the new sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. They draw on the eerie parallels to Anita Hill’s experience back in 1991 and look at how today’s #MeToo Movement might a foretell a different outcome. They also digest the plea deal Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, made with the special counsel and break down what it all means for the president. Finally, they look at the extraordinary life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Toobin reveals what he—and some liberals—see as a "selfish act."
Sep 17 2018
22 mins
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Rank #16: To Impeach or Not To Impeach—That Is the Question

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As President Donald Trump absconds to the United Kingdom for the pomp and circumstance of a visit with Queen Elizabeth and the royal family, Jesse Lee, senior adviser for Communications at the Center for American Progress and this week's guest, is here to remind us from what Trump may be running away. Whether it’s the question of impeachment heating up in Congress, or his son-in-law, Jared Kushner’s, recent disastrous interview discussing birtherism, or the ongoing drip of corruption stories emanating from the highest rungs of his administration, things are not going great for the Trump team. In this episode, Daniella and Ed break down and weigh the merits of the rising talk of impeachment with Lee, and Ed pontificates on his newest fascination: UFOs.
Jun 06 2019
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Rank #17: Darrick Hamilton: The Blueprint for a Better Society

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Hearing President Trump tell it, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the U.S. economy is in a boom like we’ve never before witnessed. But that is not the case, says professor Darrick Hamilton, executive director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University. Professor Hamilton joined the pod this week to give us the real picture on the current state of the economy; the meaning behind the numbers; and why current economic measures are not truly indicative of the inequality that many Americans are feeling. Later, professor Hamilton discusses reparations and what they might actually look like in practice.

Note: this episode contains explicit language
May 30 2019
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Rank #18: The Rise of Hate

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Under the campaign and presidency of Donald Trump, America has witnessed a rise in hate crimes, anti-Semitic incidents, anti-Muslim violence and a resurgence of white supremacy like never before. Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and George Selim, senior vice president of programs at the Anti-Defamation League join Igor and guest host Ed Chung, a former prosecutor of hate crimes at the Department of Justice, to discuss the face of hate in America, what has fueled the rise in these incidents, what individuals, states and the federal government can do to combat hate at every level and why we have seen a lack of outrage from our politicians.
Mar 22 2018
33 mins
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Rank #19: This Is Us: Valerie Jarrett, Mayor Michael Tubbs, and the Long Road to Progress

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The pod is in New York City for the second annual Smart On Crime Innovations Conference—an annual convening to change the criminal justice system to be fairer and more just, comprehensive, and effective. Ed and Daniella were lucky to be joined by Valerie Jarrett, formerly the senior adviser to President Barack Obama, and Michael Tubbs, the 28-year-old mayor of Stockton, California. Mayor Tubbs offers his personal philosophy for how leadership at the local level can move the needle on criminal justice reform, and Jarrett provides her take on the ongoing sexual assault allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh and what they portend for the future of the Supreme Court and the country. Finally, we all find common ground in a certain hit television series. And attention: spoiler alerts within, but don't worry—they're from last season.
Sep 27 2018
29 mins
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Rank #20: 'A Very Stable Genius'

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Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee joins Michele and Igor to break down the latest developments in the Russia investigation. He also comments on the allegations made in Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury,” that President Trump may not be fit for office and weighs in on whether impeachment or invoking the 25th Amendment may be necessary. Max Bergmann—Thinking CAP’s own Russia correspondent—explains the proposed criminal charges against Christopher Steele by Sens. Graham(R-SC) and Grassley(R-IA) on the Senate side of the Russia investigation, as well as the “sneaky” release by Sen.Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) of the full transcript of the Fusion GPS interview yesterday. And of course, everyone weighs in on whether or not they think Oprah should run for president
Jan 11 2018
35 mins
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